Police Start Arresting Climate Change Protesters Who Are Descending on Heathrow Airport With Drones in Tow

By Shabana Arif on at

Heathrow Pause environmental group has carried out its drone protests at Heathrow as planned and several arrests have been made.

The group outlined its plans to exploit a loophole in Heathrow airport's health and safety protocol by flying toy drones around in a restricted zone which would trigger airport authorities into grounding all flights.

The BBC reports that in addition to arresting protesters - which began yesterday - two men have reportedly been arrested for attempting to stop the protesters and their drones.

Whether or not Heathrow Pause actually went through with flying the drones in the exclusion zone isn't something the police have commented on, but the airport has said that so far, flights haven't been impacted.

"We are really clear that [flying drones] is unlawful, it is a criminal offence, and anybody who turns up expecting to fly drones in that exclusion zone will be arrested," said Met Police deputy assistant commissioner, Laurence Taylor.

Speaking on the subject of climate change, Heathrow Airport has said that working towards making a difference in the area of climate change is best handled through "constructive engagement and working together to address the issue," as opposed to playing silly buggers with drones and pissing off people by having their flights grounded, who might have their own lives and concerns to be getting on with, while also being as concerned with saving the environment as the next guy.

"Any disruption that might be caused to travellers is nothing compared to the imminent climate breakdown we are facing," said a protester from Exeter, who clearly had no plans to fly that day for leisure, work, or perhaps visiting family or, taking a ridiculously extreme case, a dying relative. Because ultimately, not everyone getting on a plane is an evil maniac who doesn't care about the environment, and they still have their everyday lives to muddle through even with the threat of climate change hanging over them.

"We are running out of time to sort this out," he added. [BBC News]

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